Fred Moten & Harmony Holiday, Episode 3: Friendship

The third in a new monthly series in which the poets and music enthusiasts share the records and texts that are on their minds


December, 2020


Episode 3: Friendship 

Frieze’s Autumn Listening Sessions are hosted by the poet, performer, jazz archivist and frieze columnist  Harmony Holiday  and poet, cultural theorist and 2020 MacArthur Fellow  Fred Moten. From their living rooms in LA and New York, respectively, the pair continue a longstanding, free-flowing exchange of words, records and reflections. 

For the final episode in their three-part series, Fred & Harmony play and discuss music and poetry that evokes friendship.

Episode 3 Track list

Aretha Franklin & Mavis Staples – 'Oh Happy Day' (1987)
The Staple Singers – 'God Bless the Children' (1969)
Charles Mingus – 'Hope So Eric' (1964)
Pharoah Sanders – 'In the Beginning' (1963-64)
Parliament – 'P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)' (1975)
Sly and the Family Stone – 'Thank You for Talkin’ to Me, Africa' (1971)
Carmen McRae, Betty Carter – 'Am I Blue?' (1987)
Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell – 'Ain’t No Mountain High Enough' (1967)
Biz Markie – 'Just A Friend' (1989)
Erykah Badu, Common – 'Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)' (2002)
Sade – 'I Will Be Your Friend' (1984)
Betty Carter – 'Girl Talk' (1969)
Billie Holiday – 'Just Friends' (1955)

Listen to Harmony & Fred's 'Friendship' playlist here

The full recording of Episode 1: Quietness, from 22 October 2020, is available to view HERE.  
The full recording of Episode 2: Distance, from 19 November 2020, is available to view HERE.